New airport hotel to open at OR Tambo

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Johannesburg will have another new airport hotel in time for the FIFA World Cup 2010 when the Premier Hotel OR Tambo International opens in March.

Only 500 metres from the Gautrain Station, 1.2km from the terminals and served by a free shuttle bus, the 280-room Premier Hotel OR Tambo will be a full-service four star-plus hotel.

Premier Hotel & Resorts MD Samuel Nassimov, says: "Far from being just a lay-over, the Premier Hotel OR Tambo will provide all the services and style necessary to make for a comfortable travel experience. In airline speak it's a business class hotel which fully complements our existing brand."

Costing in excess of R300-million, the hotel's large rooms (45 of which are suites with their own lounges) and public areas will all offer free wi-fi internet connections. Other facilities will include a spa, swimming pool deck, gym, restaurant and two bars along with 24-hour room service.

Similar to the group's other hotels, the new Premier Hotel OR Tambo will also contain a large conference centre, with nine conference rooms and board-rooms, able to hold up to 800 delegates cinema-style.

"OR Tambo International is becoming a hub for conventions as delegates are able to fly in and do their business without having to get into the traffic," adds Nassimov.

The hotel is designed in contemporary, African style using natural materials such as stone and geometric glass and aluminium. About half of the rooms have a view of the airport.

Offering a range of hotels and conference venues in regional business and travel destinations in South Africa, the Premier Hotels & Resorts Group has grown from its base in East London to include hotels in Cape Town, Pretoria, Pinetown and Knysna.

Along with the Premier Hotel OR Tambo, the group is also developing the Premier Hotel Cascades in East London which is linked to the new East London International Convention Centre which the group will manage when it opens soon.

In terms of green building principles used, the design of the new airport hotel takes orientation into account and windows have solar-controlled glazing to minimize heat load and reduce air-conditioning requirements.

The facades are also "fragmented" to avoid large, heat-absorbing elements while energy-efficient VRV air-conditioning systems have been incorporated into the public areas. The electrical installation incorporates power factor correction to reduce energy demands along with an energy-efficient hot water generation plant using roof-mounted heat pumps. They produce hot water at about 25% of the cost of electrical water heating.

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